The Roses town Forst (Lausitz) offers much worth seeing, left the newly built fire station rises beautifully renovated civic and business houses with stucco facades, balconies, Bay Windows and turrets, also houses, which are the foreclosure and whose former Pracht is only be guessed at, over the rooftops, right a small park with young lime trees, then the headquarters of the District of spree-Neisse, in a successful combination of old and modern architecture, and in the background, right across the whole field of vision, a powerful old factory building with empty window caves, crumbling bricks, sunken roof parts, an industrial wasteland like in the picture book. Such views are in Forst (Lausitz), a small town near the Polish border, on a stretch of a few hundred metres while walking through the Linden Street to the Muhlbach. The city has many challenges to overcome. Despite amalgamation of ten villages, the population has dropped by since 2000 to more than 2,500 on nearly 22,000 People. Whose average age rises quickly, because the young move away to study or to find other local work. Unemployment is high, since 1992/1993 the end of the cloth industry irrevocably came. By 1900, the city was the Manchester of Germany\”called, from which, it was called the fabric for every second suit came from forestry.
The draperies and related metal factories and workshops were the largest employers before the reunification. Today, it is the brown coal open-cast mining. There was not something like an industrial area in forestry. The factory buildings are spread over the whole city. \”A private light rail system, the black Jule\”, drove on own tracks in the streets and connected all of the factories together.
On some corners, there are still track pieces. You are today under monumental protection. It hinders and significantly verteuere the rehabilitation of urban roads\”, said a member of the economic and Financial Committee of the Town Council.